|I normally don't link to external reviews (there are just too darn many of them), but this recent review of the long-established Horizons: Empire of Istaria makes some interesting observations about how the relatively small size of a game's player population can create a welcoming, helpful, small-town community.
Horizons: Empire of Istaria is a massively multi-player online role-playing game that has seen many changes over the years. Originally developed by Artifact Entertainment and published by Atari, the game was purchased by Tulga Games in January of 2005. The change in ownership has had a positive effect on the game granting it a new sense of stability and longevity. Through changes of ownership, server merges and ongoing upgrades of game mechanics; one thing has remained unchanged, dedicated players that make one of the best communities found online. In reviewing the game I found that it is not without its imperfections, but each problem I encountered was outweighed by the helpful nature of players I met along the way.